UN chief Ban slams Israeli settlements as “provocative acts”

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today slammed Israel’s settlement activities as “provocative acts” that raise questions about its commitment to a two-state solution amid growing Palestinian frustration over nearly 50 years of occupation. The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas […]

UN Security Council creates mission to verify a Colombia peace deal

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 : The United Nations Security Council approved the creation of a UN mission of unarmed international observers to monitor disarmament should Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels reach a deal to end Latin America’s longest war. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution that would establish a […]

UN, El Salvador launch US-backed anti-corruption program

By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR, Jan 26 : The UN announced a US financed pilot program to help fight corruption in El Salvador, a Central American country so torn by drugs and gang warfare that it ranks among the most violent in the world. The three-year program, with an unknown price tag, will support the […]

S Sudan needs arms embargo; leaders killing civilians -UN panel

By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 : The United Nations Security Council should place an arms embargo on South Sudan, while the oil-rich country’s President Salva Kiir and a rebel leader qualify to be sanctioned over atrocities committed in a two-year civil war, UN sanctions monitors said in an annual report. […]

US urges African leaders to sway Burundi on peacekeepers

By Michelle Nichols ADDIS ABABA, Jan 23 : The United States today urged African leaders to “work behind the scenes” before their annual summit next weekend to convince Burundi to accept a deployment of international troops in the tiny African state amid festering political violence. US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said members […]

UN diplomats urge Burundi dialogue as rebels raise stakes

By Michelle Nichols BUJUMBURA, Jan 22 :A crisis in Burundi that has left hundreds dead must be resolved by dialogue, UN Security Council diplomats told Burundi officials today after rebels raised the stakes by declaring a general who led a failed coup in May now led their force. Thursday’s announcement by the rebel group, FOREBU, […]